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NBC
Oct 4, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. >> reporter: a new mood after many saw a new mitt romney last night. >> let's get back to medicare. the president said that the government can provide the service at lower cost and without a profit. >> reporter: in control, assertive, presidential. while barack obama kept his eyes and his energy low. >> it's very rare that stylistically there's such a clear triumph of one side over the other. >> reporter: a rally in denver, the president admitted he got surprised. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> reporter: he charged romney changed his stance on taxes and spending. >> but if you want to be president, you owe the american people the truth. >> reporter: some felt mr. obama owed them a better debate. >> he looked like he was tired, drained. >> i think he didn't have the practice. >> you more worried obama might lose now? >> well, no, not really. >> reporter: obama strategists hint the boss learned a lesson. >> he'll review it and if he wants to make some changes in the next debate, he'll do so. >> reporter: romney strategi
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 12:00pm EDT
on the campaign trail, the running mates are carrying the load while obama and romney prepare for tomorrow night's debate. there is a tall hall at the clinton county courthouse where paul ryan will appear in burlington. ann romney will appear in colorado in a little while. vice-president biden will take the stage at an event surely in charlotte. it's the first of his two plans stops in north carolina today. michelle obama has a speaking appearance in cincinnati. early voting started in ohio this morning. more shots fired in maryland. protesters urging people to vote against question 7 on the november ballot. some of the protesters may have had an ulterior motive. brianne carter has the story from upper marlborough. >> with their signs and shirts, dozen people showed up outside the prince george's county administration building to protest maryland ballot question 7. it would greenlight the plan for a casino in prince george county. >> they want the money to be used for schools, they would never applied to the bills. >> there's an ad on craigslist that raises questions about whether participants c
NBC
Oct 8, 2012 12:00pm EDT
policies that might-- the real romney or his politics that night. >> he did a superb acting job. >> the present pope a little fun at himself at an l.a. concert featuring stars like steve wonder. >> they just performed flawlessly night after night. i cannot always say the same. [laughter] >> now the pressure is on for the vice-presidential candidates to perform as they go head to head later this week. nd ryan based on thursday night in kentucky. and >> thank you. an amber alert issued in colorado. details on the missing child. a move on the massachusetts firm >> covering the nation, police in central colorado are looking for a break in the search for a missing 10-year-old girl. just a bridge way was reported missing after she failed to show up for school. -- jessica bridgeway. police could not discuss the contents of her bag, only that belong to the girl. firm isachusetts the link to the deadly meningitis outbreak is voluntarily recalling all of its products. at least 91 people have been affected in nine states. at least seven people have died. the steroids were used as injection
CNN
Sep 30, 2012 10:00pm PDT
expectations ahead of the debate. >> we expect it all night long, romney will have a good night. >> he is an experienced debater, and this is mitt's first time on this kind of a stage. >> president obama is a gifted speaker. he's done this before. this is mitt's first time on this kind of stage. >> ryan's words echoed a word from meyers haorbgs said the president was widely regarded as one of the most political communicators in modern history. there's a 25-point advantage for obama on who voters think will win the debates. the obama camp likes to remind that he doesn't have enough time to prepare for the debates because he is busy being chief. when it comes to how much debates matter, it depends. >> quite a few have lost an election with a debate. so it can matter. >> these match-ups can produce memorable lines. like in 1980, between ronald reagan and president carter. >> there you go again. >> and lloyd benson's swipe at quail. >> jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you are no jack kennedy. >> and then the moments that seemed to say more, like george h. bush looking at his wat
FOX News
Oct 2, 2012 4:00pm PDT
tomorrow night. republicans say the vice president, joe biden, has given governor romney some new ammo for that debate on night number one. we'll hear from both sides. you can take away the car keys, but how do you keep somebody from driving drunk when they're on a horse? oh, yeah. that's coming up. on the fox report. stay top of mind with customers? from deals that bring them in with an offer... to social media promotions that turn fans into customers... to events that engage and create buzz... to e-mails that keep loyal customers coming back, our easy-to-use tools will keep you in front of your customers. see what's right for you at constantcontact.com/try. >> bill: we are about to get more personal with our snow storms here in america. the weather channel has announced it will assign names to the most intense winter storms beginning this year. this is coming from the tv network. not the national weather service, which already names hurricanes out of florida. but one expert says giving each big snow storm a name should help raise public awareness of the dangerous weather. and a weath
FOX
Oct 4, 2012 7:00am PDT
in that debate. >> reporter: dave, mitt romney stood out last night for being aggressive, constantly calling out president obama, keeping him on the defensive side. mitt romney also didn't back down when the two butted hads over tax plans. the president says romney's plans will raise taxes or increase the deficit. >> governor romney's central economic plan calls for a 5 trillion dollar tax cut on top of the extension of bush tax cuts another trillion dollars and 2 trillion in military spending they have not asked for. >> first of all i don't have a 5 trillion dollar tax cut or a tax cut of the scale you are talking about. >> romney says he will offset cuts by closing loopholes and reducing reductions but vague on which ones. they will face off again later in new york and florida. both candidates are back on the campaign trail today. mitt romney in virginia while the president has campaign stops in colorado and wisconsin. jacqueline feld, ktvu channel 2 news. >> the corporation kitchen aid is apologizing for a tweet sent from their account during the debate. the message refered to a moment when p
MSNBC
Oct 5, 2012 10:00am PDT
because last night on fox, mitt romney made his latest comments on 47%. it's taken him three weeks to get there. now he's saying he was completely wrong. >> yeah, andrea, i would say his comments, remember on september 18th, i think it was, when he came out and did that press conference right after the 47% tape came out, he said it wasn't eloquently stated. he said it was off the cuff. he came nowhere near saying it was wrong and i apologize for it. three weeks on, he's apologizing. what's fascinating, andrea, i would bet a lot of money which in my world isn't all that much, but say i would bet $5 that mitt romney had the line he used with sean hannity ready to use in the debate when he, of course, expected barack obama would attack him in some way, shape, or form on the 47% comment. barack obama never did so, which i continue to find baffling strategically, but mitt romney i think wanted to get it out there in the air before october 16th and the next debate. my guess what he'll do, when barack obama almost assuredly attacks him in the october 16th debate he will say that's old news, i've
CSPAN
Oct 4, 2012 5:00pm EDT
. the fellow onstage last night said he did not know anything about that. the real mitt romney said we do not need any more teachers in our classrooms. [booing] don't boo -- vote. but the fellow onstage last night, he loves teachers, cannot get enough of them. the mitt romney we all know invested in companies that were called pioneers of the outsourcing jobs to other countries. but he got onstage last night, he said that he does not even know that there are such laws that encourage outsourcing. he has never heard of them. never heard of them. never heard of tax breaks for companies who ship jobs overseas. he said if it is true, must need a new accountant. we know for sure it was not the real big trouble because he seems to be doing just fine with his current accountant. the man onstage last night does not want to be held accountable for mitt romney's decisions and what he has been saying for the last year. we know we do not want what he has been saying for the last year. governor romney made the answer on his positions, but if you want to be president, you owe the american people the trut
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 2:00am PDT
last night. he's hunkering down with the senator playing obama. you won't see much of mitt romney until wednesday night. same thing for the president. he's in nevada. he'll fly to denver on wednesday. he's got senator john kerry playing mitt romney in the debate preps. the president did have a chance to talk to a few people. he delivered some pizzas to the local obama for reelection campaign office out there. very nice of them. delivering pizza to the workers. he also talked about not getting out much. take a listen. >> basically they're keeping me indoors all the time. it's a drag. they're making me do my homework. >> wow, wow. this is john. he's doing his homework. >> also you have some new polls for us. where are we seeing the candidates now? >> nationally, this race is extremely close. four polls came out yesterday over the last 4 hours. let's talk about ours. cnnorc.com. 47 for mitt romney. that three-point advantage for the president is -- what is the key issue on wednesday night in this is about domestic issues. take a look at the economy numbers. about as close as you can get. o
MSNBC
Oct 2, 2012 10:00am PDT
you played with mitt romney in colorado, president obama on sunday night in las vegas, both basically what they both said is the media wants this to be a back and forth brawl, we're going to be serious and focus on the issues because they understand that when it comes to undecided voters, tend to be people, not always, politically independent. those kind of people don't like the nastiness, the back and forth. partisans love that. but independents don't like it. the messaging is i'm a serious person, these are serious times, and we need someone who has the ability, capacity, demonstrated record to lead. so i actually think both of them will be kind of the serious and sober politician as opposed to you showed the clip of scott brown and elizabeth warren, i don't think that's what's going to happen tomorrow night. >> mark, we've seen a lot of evidence so far and see more when we go through the numbers tonight in the nbc news "wall street journal" poll the final numbers when they come out how important do you think the 47% comment is? because we've seen a real shift with mitt romney tryin
MSNBC
Oct 2, 2012 1:00pm EDT
. >> no worries, sorry. >> will governor romney tomorrow night in denver explain exactly which deductions he would get rid of to make up for the tax cuts that he's offered? >> well, i think it's very hard in a debate to go through a negotiation, particularly when you look at broadening the tax base you're going to have to do it with congress. it's hard to get into those details. he will talk about the fundamental principles that he has with regards to tax form, helping the corporate rate which makes us more competitive around the globe, helping make sure that the taxes that many americans, middle-class americans would see on cap gains and interest and dividends that those would actually be brought to zero so more people can invest their money and realize more savings and returns and then ultimately look at the broadening the base so we can pay for these tax reforms and we can help spur the economic growth that we need that's going to create jobs and help turn the american economy around. >> do you agree or does mitt romney now believe that todd akin should still step aside and get out of the race
MSNBC
Oct 5, 2012 3:00am PDT
romney as a souvenir of the night he crushed you in that debate. >> my gosh. okay. >> so that's what he's doing. because i'm sitting there going, what's he doing? >> good morning, everyone. >> it makes more sense. it fills in the blank. >> that gives us proper context. >> it is friday. it is friday, thank god. i need two days away from all of you people. october 5th. >> mika, hold on. >> no, stop. >> you need a couple of days away from politics. >> no, i don't. >> mika, all day yesterday -- >> what you say off tv sometimes stays off tv. >> i'm not going to repeat what you said. i've never seen her so depressed. she sort of wandered around. >> it was just one day. >> i swear to god, she was wandering around getting lost in crowds. >> no, that's just how i walk. >> i swear to god, she'd go, "he might win." >> no, i did not do that. now you're making up stuff. i do get lost in crowds, but that's because i have no sense of direction and i'm on my iphone. okay. >> chosen one may not be chosen this time. >> no. >> and it's freaking her out. >> it was a bad night. i will say this, i don't know
ABC
Oct 7, 2012 7:00am PDT
that the race is tightening, and romney got one of his biggest crowds ever last night in a state he really has to win. [ cheers ] >> that was a florida welcome. thank you so much. >> reporter: one of mitt romney's biggest crowds ever, more than 6,000 supporters near orlando in a state he needs to win. >> we're going to overcome the challenges we have. i'm counting on florida to win this for me on november 6th. >> yes. >> reporter: the crowd energized about the candidate's chances after that first debate. >> when it came to jobs and the economy, he doesn't really have anything to add to what he's been doing over the last four years. i don't think we could afford four more years like the last four years. >> reporter: even though there is less than a month to election day, both candidates are doing more than just pressing the flesh. they're still raising money. tonight in los angeles mr. obama will be joined by bill clinton at a fund-raiser, and the president continues to shatter records. he's nearly doubled the number of fund-raisers george bush held and has dwarfed his other predecessors. it's
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 9:00am PDT
? where was the president? president obama last night. >> well, first of all, i think he gave mitt romney that iv. he probably saw all of the kleenex and the tears that the republicans were wasting over mitt romney and decided, you know what, i'm going to give this guy a helping hand. no. the honest truth is that the president had a bad night, but despite all of that, i don't think that mitt romney, you know, knocked it out of the ballpark. mitt romney is much better at these debates. he is well rehearsed. no matter whether it's with eight colleagues, when we saw in the republican debate or with one person, but, you know what, i think mitt romney's answers will get him -- land him in hot water. his response on taxes. even, you know, not accurately telling the american people how many people are unemployed. his own health care plan. >> how do you think the president actually will address a lot of those things? why didn't the president? there were a number of misstatements, and i have been talking to democrats who say, you know what, we're really hoping those fact checkers will set the reco
FOX News
Oct 1, 2012 3:00pm PDT
. >> romney advisors are just hoping for a solid performance. no knock-outs on wednesday night. >> i don't think one event is going to make or break this campaign. >> romney advisors told me they don't expect that they could level knock-out blow against president obama. the skilled debaters such as he is. always playing the expectation game. bret? >> bret: john, thanks. >> we're just five weeks and one day away from election day. and a little more than 48 hours from the first debate here in colorado. there is more focus than ever on the battleground state, colorado of course one of them. and how the electoral college race is shaping up. join me again today and karl ro senior advisor who is in new york. back in washington, democratic strategist joe trippi. as we do every week we look at the electoral map. info on the key. red states are romney states. blue, obama. then the pinkish lean romney. light blue, lean obama. then the yellow states are tossup states. within the margin of error. this is all based on the polls within the last 30 days. okay, karl, what has changed in the last week si
FOX
Oct 2, 2012 6:00am EDT
. if mitt romney really "cares," wouldn't we see it in his priorities? >>> the nats lost last night. this morning, they are celebrating a very big win. they clinched the nl east championship. we are live with reaction from the team and very excited fans. fox 5 morning news continues right now. right now. >>> good morning to you. it is tuesday, october 2nd. live look outside right now at i-395 south of seminary road as we get things rolling on a -- we're celebrating the nats today. we'll call in t. an official nats day because they are the nl east champions. it is all good. they are going through the post- season as division champ. good morning to you. i'm wisdom martin. >> i'm sarah simmons. let's just talk with tucker because he has the shirt on. >> we all got it. >> we all have it here but you have it on. big win. >> i guess they gave this out to the players last night and to the fans at the game. now, they just need a little momentum to win a couple of games before the playoffs start and we're off and rolling. >> not done yet. >> popping bottles. >> the nats lost to the phillies
CNBC
Oct 4, 2012 4:00am EDT
and republican rival mitt romney met face to face last night in denver, colorado for their first u.s. presidential debate. it really focused mostly on the economy. with a mnt to onth to go before election, both men had to prove to voters that they're the right man for the country. john harwood got a firsthand view of the debate and filed this report from denver. >> the first of three presidential debates here at the university of denver was a strong one for mitt romney. he came out very aggressively in confronting president obama on his record over the last four years, taking on on the president over his failure to reduce the budget deficit, over job creation, over obamacare, over the regulation of wall street and dodd-frank. had some success in pulling the election back from a choice election as president obama wants to be about their visions going forward into a referendum on president obama's record in the first four years. mitt romney looked very comfortable and pleased to be on the stage. he knows that he only has a few weeks left to go to reverse president obama's lead. presi
FOX News
Oct 8, 2012 3:00pm PDT
making fun of himself. at a campaign event last night. out there again tonight. romney today talking about the debate. as new polls are showing a big bounce after debate. pew research center has a new poll out tonight among likely voters. look at this bounce. this change. from september 12 to 16, he was down 8. now up 4 among likely voters. this is pew. that is looking at again, about 1100 likely societ voters. look at another poll, political poll for choice of president. one point, president obama over romney. this was october 1-4. it does not really get a full sense of october 3 debate. you have gallup. post debate. there you see the before and after. tied. again, that is registered voters not likely voters. gallup hasn't changed that. one more back to politico voter look. this is likely voters. you see the split among supporters. some of that poll is before the debate. so we're already starting to see some of the effect of what both sides are calling a strong debate performance by romney. bring in the panel about the state of the race. hayes for "weekly standard." a.b. stoddard, f
CW
Oct 4, 2012 9:00pm CDT
president obama and romney are spinning last night's debate. >> the so-called king of clubs headed to prison williams only demand this summer for two as the state's ultimate political insider today sentenced by a federal judge to one year and one day he was convicted for attempting to shake down a hollywood producer he asked a judge for a probation citing failing health we are disappointed that mr. selene did not get a sentence and probation but obviously we except the sentencing that the judge provided a catholic priest from indiana disappears in greece and his family believes that he is in serious danger or maybe even dead, father christian said that he and a translator were trying to escape from a foreign country and they were involved in a heated dispute to the archdiocese says it's aware of the situation and is praying for its safe return. a cnn post a debate last night reflects what the pundits have been saying all along today it was a resounding victory for the republican candidate mitt romney apparently uncommitted registered voters showed 57 percent of them gave romney the
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
night for mitt romney and one you're going to see the president's team have to go back to the drawing board a little bit for the second debate. >> two points here. number one, in 34 separate states voting has already been under way before tonight's event started. number two, for those interesting -- interested in a thorough fact checking of all the withering facts on both sides we heard tonight, that segment will be coming up in just a bit. andrea mitchell is heading up our team working on that. tom brokaw is another member of our team in the arena, in denver. and tom, the conventional wisdom has a way of kind of bubbling up these days during the event. and i imagine one of the plot lines tomorrow will be here's mitt romney, as we said, energized, coming right from the game. he has been in an active, very active campaign heretofore, and the president has been on the job in that realm during this whole time. >> well, governor romney did spend a lot of time preparing for this debate, and it paid off. he had a well-organized narrative. he knew his brief. and this was the candidate that t
FOX News
Oct 2, 2012 3:00pm PDT
wednesday night here is reference to mitt romney's comment on that videotape about the now infamous 47%. chief political correspondent carl cameron has that story and the rest of the debate prep from here in denver. >> day before facing off with president obama in denver, romney attended staff meetings and stepped out for mexican fast food with the ohio senator rob portman, the man playing the president in the mock debate rehearsals. his wife ann hit the trail in his stead. >> we're focused and i can't wait for the contrast we're going to hear tomorrow. >> campaigning in iowa, running mate paul ryan asked about the confession that 47% who don't pay income taxes think government owes them. >> get them a job so they're good taxpayers. >> we don't want a stagnant economy that fosters dependency. we added 50 million people to food stamp rolls in the last four years because there is no opportunity, no economic growth. >> in the debate, romney is sure to be asked what is now shorthanded as his 47% remarks. he previewed his explanation to denver fox affiliate. >> i'm a president for 100% of t
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 1:00pm PDT
after the wednesday night debate, we'll get the latest unemployment report. if governor romney could turn in a strong debate performance and another tepid jobs report, there's a chance for this race to change after debate number one. >> if you're the obama campaign, you're looking at all these numbers in our brand-new poll. what's most encouraging to you? >> reporter: in scrubbing through the demographics, the regional numbers, here's one thing they will like at the obama campaign. among white voters nationally, the president gets 41%. governor romney gets 56%. governor romney's beating him by a big number, how is that good for president obama? given the president's support among african-americans, latinos and other voters, governor romney needs to keep the president to 37%, no more than 38% of the white vote. if the president's cracking 47% of the white vote, that's a formula for an obama victory. and where are the key big battleground states? there are several in the midwest. ohio, iowa, wisconsin. look at the race in the midwest. obama, 52%, romney, 43%. the president is winning t
FOX
Oct 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
trail for the presidential candidates after the first debate last night in denver. mitt romney visits virginia, president barack obama has stops in colorado and wisconsin. all three are battleground states. let's last night's presidential debate from fox's nicole collins. nicole is live on capitol hill this morning. good morning. >>reporter: good morning, allison. those swing states very important. for mitt romney last night, he's been trailing slightly in the polls in many of those states, so it was very important for him to have a strong showing and it appears he delivered. [ cheers and applause ] >>reporter: the candidates were cordial, but mitt romney's aggressive approach appear today put president obama on defense. >> going forward with the status quo is not going to cut it for the american people who are struggling today. >> when i walked into the oval office, i had more than a trillion dollar deficit greeting me and we know where it came from. >>reporter: the debate held at the university of denver was respectful and devoid of any major entertaining moments. it focused on
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 12:00am PDT
'm debating mitt romney that night. hey, mitt, help me out, will you? [ laughter ] according to "the new york times," team romney has been working on what they call zingers for mitt to use tonight. just an fyi, if you call it a zinger, probably isn't one. we got some zingers, we got some whimsy, we've got some farcical remarks tonight. romney has reportedly been rehearsing these for months. his staff said he started working on them in august. even hired a company to write zingers for him. you know, he hired a company that we sometimes use here at the show to write jokes for us, so, i thought we should ask them about it. you i believe we have them on video chat right now. see if we can hook into it. hello. >> iphone 5 map app help center. how are you not today? >> jimmy: no, no, it's me, jimmy kimmel. >> oh, hi, mr. jimmy kimmel. jimmy kimmel, how are you, my brother from a totally different mother? >> jimmy: i am -- i'm good, bro. so, hey, i -- the reason i'm calling is that i heard mitt romney hired you to write zingers for his debate tonight. >> ah, yes. mr. mittens romney paid us handsomel
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 3:00am PDT
we end this hour with late-night laughs. >> the consensus is that mitt romney won the debate last night. >> after months of build up the first presidential debate at the university of denver. of course, a lot of big names didn't show up to the event joe biden, nancy pelosi, president obama. no, he just didn't -- >> get on the reality page. i'm sorry, h sucked. he looked tired. he had trouble getting his answers out. look like he took my million and spent it all on weed. >> mitt romney on the other hand seemed down right human. he was relaxed before the debate and this is mitt and his wife ann and his son playing a rousing game of jenga. look how much fun they are having. have you ever seen a person enjoy watching another person play jenga. he's having a dynamite time. >> 7.8% lowest numbers in three years. natural republican today said it was a lie a fake and a conspiracy. they said unemployed people are claiming they have jobs to make obama look good. i swear, so we can stay in power and give them more unemployment checks that they will never get because they say they have jobs.
WHUT
Oct 4, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. as obama and romney were facing off at the university of denver wednesday night, "democracy now!" was just miles away airing a special three-hour broadcast expanding the debate. we broke the sound barrier by pausing after president obama's and romley's answers to get real-time responses from jill stein of the green party and rocky anderson of the justice the party. dr. stein is a physician from massachusetts. rocky anderson is the former mayor of salt lake city. we also invited gary johnson, the decline to join us. today we bring you highlights from our expanding the debate special. we begin with the debate moderator jim lehrer. >> let's start with the economy, segment one, and let's begin with jobs. what are the major differences between the two of you about how you go about creating new jobs. you have two minutes each of you to start print a coin toss determines, mr. president, you go first. >> four years ago, we went through the worst financial crisis in the great depression. millions of jobs were lost. the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. the financial system had frozen up.
PBS
Oct 6, 2012 12:00am PDT
: meanwhile, on the fox news channel last night, romney reversed course on his remark that 47% of americans don't pay taxes and, in his words, are dependent on government, so he couldn't worry about them and their votes. >> in this case, i said something that's just completely wrong. and i absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that i care about the 100% and that has been demonstrated throughout my life. this whole campaign is about the 100%. when i become president, it'll be about helping the 100%. >> brown: still, president obama was having none of it. >> from the day we began this campaign, we've always said that real change takes time. it takes more than one year or one term, or even one president. it takes more than one party. it certainly can't happen if you're willing to write off half the nation before you even take office. >> brown: with the economy dominating the campaign, and with 12 million americans still unemployed, it was clear the punching and counter-punching over jobs will only grow more intense. and there's still one more monthly employment report coming-- on
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 11:00am PDT
. jim acosta with me now from the romney campaign. the debate, of course, tomorrow night in denver, you, sir, are in littleton, colorado. should we take mitt romney at face value when he says this debate is not about me winning? >> reporter: well, brooke, i think this is all part of the debate expectations game that has been going on for several days now. i think you also sort of heard mitt romney downplay some of the talk that has been going on since the new york times reported over the weekend that, you know, mitt romney is preparing all the zingers for the debate and you heard people saying maybe he's not preparing zingers. a lot of this is the head fake to the head fake to the head fake. of course, mitt romney and the president are both probably working on lines of attack that they'll deliver at this debate. that is sort of standard operating procedure. you saw that scott brown, elizabeth warren debate last night in massachusetts. this is what campaigns do. this is what candidates do. but i will tell you that mitt romney has been behind closed doors for much of the day today, in deb
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 1:00pm PDT
, is the obama's 20th wedding anniversary. so what's it like spending the night with the romneys? i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> 34 days from the presidential election but much more importantly right now at least right now we've reached what may be the most decisive night of the 2012 campaign, the first presidential debate at the university of denver. after weeks of downplaying expectations, mitt romney's campaign insiders are finally opening up about what they really think can be accomplished tonight. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta is in denver getting ready to set the scene. jim. >> reporter: wolf, the romney campaign sees the polls moving in their directions. one of the top priorities tonight is to maintain that trajectory. the romney campaign also says the gop nominee will not be looking to score a knockout tonight but will instead zero in on the president's handling of the economy. you can say that the romney game plan for tonight can be boiled down into two key phrases. do no harm and live to fight another day. just a few hours before one of
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 1:00pm PDT
not reacted to that speech by mitt romney. but last night at a major fund-raiser in los angeles, he was flexing his foreign policy muscles right off the top of his remarks, he was talking about how he ended the war in iraq, how he's winding down the war in afghanistan, how he's gone after terrorists, how he got osama bin laden. those are just some examples, says his campaign, of strong leadership. as president obama honored civil rights icon cesar chavez -- >> the movement he helped to lead was sustained by a generation of organizers who stood up and spoke out and urged others to do the same. >> reporter: his campaign worked to shred gop nominee mitt romney's foreign policy chops, rolling out this hard-hitting web ad reminding voters of what they called stumbles on the world stage. >> governor romney not too long ago said, the russian federation is our number one strategic threat. come on, think. that isn't the case. >> reporter: and this tv ad now running in the important battleground state of virginia. >> when our u.s. diplomats were attacked in libya, "the new york times" said ro
KRON
Oct 4, 2012 7:00am PDT
is an opportunity of a generation. >>> governor romney is a skilled debater and last night he was able to elevate his level of performance but didn't change the fundamental tine mix of the -- dynamics of the race nor did he change some of the policies that got us into the economic mess we had. he embraced when the president pressed him that he wants to turn medicare into a voucher program. >> i was surprised at how well mit did and i think it was very important because he came across as the person he really is, as opposed to how he's been portrayed by hundreds of millions of dollars of attack ads and i was surprised at the president's poor performance. >> there are signs this morning the race is tightening. in some of the battleground states where president obama had enjoyed an advantage. today republican mitt romney and running mate paul ryan are off to virginia as the president campaigns in colorado and wisconsin. >>> let's turn it over to george in the traffic department. he has been following numerous hot spots. >> that's right. it's turned into a very odd morning because we're tracking probl
MSNBC
Oct 1, 2012 7:00am PDT
. wednesday night's face to face showdown between mitt romney and president obama. will it be the game changer that romney desperately needs? plus you've seen him in those bain commercials bashing mitt romney in the battle ground states. they've been spoofed on "saturday night live" now the workers have hitting the campaign trail. they are the new gop campaign ad rock stars. how they're using babies just like that in the ads to woo women. a lot more coming up in the 11:00 a.m. hour of me being a married man. see you in a second. e imperfects living in a beautifully imperfect world. it's amazing we've made it this far. maybe it's because when one of us messes up, someone else comes along to help out. that's the thing about humans. when things are at their worst, we're at our best. see how at libertymutual.com. liberty mutual insurance -- responsibility. what's your policy? that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance compan
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Oct 2, 2012 4:55am EDT
who lost loved ones are urging moderator to ask the president and governor mitt romney about gun violence during tomorrow night's debate. >>> one airline plans to dip further in to your wallet if you are checking bags. the price of traveling the airline claims is intentional if you choose to carry oversized bags. baltimore is receiving high grades as one of the best cities for college graduates. where charm city ranks on the list for those just out of school. here you go ttle man. [ humming ] [ babbling ] the cheerios bandit got you again? [ both laugh ] ♪ the one and only, cheerios ...and now... you! [ giggles ] ♪ the one and only, cheerios >>> thank you for staying was, with this story, we are just the messengers, spirit airline customers will be having to plan ahead if they want to save money. november 6th, the carrier will charge a $100 fee if passengers need to check carry on baggage at the gate. the fee is intentionally high, to discourage fliers to wait until the last minute. they charge for all bags that don't fit underneath the seat. flyers can pay $20 pebag. >>> bal
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 6:00am PDT
into wednesday night, people had not answered that second question. romney had not made the sale. i think what you saw wednesday night was the first opportunity that the average person had to see these two candidates head-to-head for an extended period of time, and when they saw that, guess who won? romney won. he was confident in that plan. the president was in a situation where he couldn't defend the last four years. maybe that's not because he is not a good debater. we know he is a good debater. he couldn't defend the last four years because you can't defend it. you can't defend not getting the job done. i think that's -- this has changed. yesterday's one last thing, candy. yesterday we had 150,000 doors being knocked on in ohio. we have great energy. the governor is going to win the state. it's going to be close. he is going to win. >> governor strickland, without sort of getting into more debate performance and how the president did or didn't do, do you think that mitt romney perceived as the winner by a large margin picks up steam now in ohio that you all have to push up against? >> well
FOX News
Oct 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
important night of mitt romney's life. bill: he talked about something bigger than that, and that's a path forward for america. he talked about a choice. you can go one way or come follow me. >> i think the president will be staying the course. saying the economy is getting better and also defining mitt romney. he has to make this about a choice, not a referendum on his first term. bill: if there is a surprise what do you think it might be? >> i think romney has to throw the president off stride. he has got to get under his skin. maybe he mentions president obama's penchant for playing golf when the economy is ouring. bill: does one have more to lose than the other? >> i think the president has more to lose. in 2008 he had that line against hillary clinton. he said you are likeable enough, hillary. that basically cost number new hampshire. he has the lead but he has the most to lose. but he can't be too careful because if you are too careful you are not going to win. bill: when you consider colorado, those folks are dialed in on this election. here is martha. martha: no doubt governor romn
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 7:00am PDT
'brien, tomorrow night, 8:00 p.m. eastern on cnn. >>> the duel in denver is in the history books. mitt romney seemed to get momentum in the 2012 campaign. has this changed the game? we'll talk about it. i took day, but i still have a runny nose. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't work on runny noses. what? [ male announcer ] it doesn't have an antihistamine. really? [ male announcer ] really. alka-seltzer plus cold and cough fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a fast acting antihistamine to relieve your runny nose. [ sighs ] thank you! [ male announcer ] you're welcome. that's the cold truth! [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus. ♪ oh what a relief it is! ♪ [ male announcer ] try new alka-seltzer plus severe allergy to treat allergy symptoms, plus sinus congestion, and pain. >>> 21 minutes past the hour now, and this just in. the obama campaign says it raised $181 million in the month of september, with more than 1.8 million people donating. the campaign is trumping donors who gave a small amount. 98% of the donations were $250 or less. joining me now is brett o'donnell, f
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 10:00am EDT
it helped some, but the person who helped governor romney most was governor romney. on wednesday night, he was before almost 70 million people, a lot of them undecided voters trying to make up their mind. he made a very clear case that, you know, he is someone who can connect. i thought the thing that was most shocking to me was the fact that the governor -- you know, the president has said to be better liked, more likable, better able to connect with voters, and it seemed to me as though the governor did a better job at doing those things on wednesday night than the president. so i think he helped himself tremendously. >> i want you to take a look at this poll with me. this is a quinnipiac poll. there it is. there you go. likely voters, who cares about the needs and problems of the people like you was the question. obama 60%. romney 46%. what do you make of those numbers? >> i think we'll have to see how those numbers change over the course of the next few weeks i don't know that those numbers actually reflect what voters got to see. the president has been the president for four years. by
ABC
Oct 1, 2012 4:00am EDT
is on wednesday. mitt romney and president obama have been preparing day and night. with both men saying the other guy is going to do a better job. president obama and mitt romney start the week with a crucial showdown on wednesday at the first presidential debate in denver. at a rally in las vegas, president obama tried to manage the speculations. >> i know the media is speculating who is going to have the best zinger. i don't know about that. governor romney, he's a good debater. >> reporter: as both hunker down for intense practice, the polls show americans overwhelming with the election and the president lose. in a new abc news/"washington post" poll out this morning, 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win the election. that's his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. but looking at like hi supporters, the race is much closer. president obama leads mitt romney by two points. republican governor chris christie predicted romney could close the gap with president obama after a strong showing on wednesday's debate. >> i'm absolutely confident when we get to thursday mo
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Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
night. romney was introduced by bill marriott -- >> of the marriott marriotts. >> stephanie: chairman of the marriott. don't most of us have -- our own large hotel chains. >> also a member of the lds church. >> stephanie: chairman of marriott internationals who tried to humanize his friend. >> stop it. >> stop it. >> stephanie: seriously, all of you stop it. >> ann: stop it. >> stephanie: by telling a story. you ready for this, jim? tell me if you've heard this. >> i will be utilizing humor, i should let you know. >> stephanie: this is a hoot. hang on. by telling the story of romney a few years ago while both were visiting their summer places on lake whatever in new hampshire -- >> lake win business aukee -- >> stephanie: who can't relate to this. when you're visiting your summer place. already, right their summer place is in new hampshire. he told of taking his grandchildren to town on his boat for ice cream. already can't relate. when he needed someone to help tie off the boat at the dock, they al
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Oct 5, 2012 6:00pm EDT
debate wednesday night, he appeared lackluster compared to more aggressive romney. obama hit back against his opponent during a rally in denver, accusing romney of backtracking over tax cuts for the wealthy. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. [laughter] but it could not have been in romney because the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts to favor the wealthy. the fellow on stage last not said he did not know anything about that. >> mitt romney tried to capitalize on his high marks from the debate as he campaigned in the swing state of virginia. some critics noted obama fell to ask from the about his famous 47% comment that nearly half of americans believe they are victims entitled to government support. during a fox news appearance thursday night, sean hannity asked romney how he would have responded if obama had brought it up. >> clearly, in a campaign with hundreds, if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you say something that
FOX News
Oct 7, 2012 3:00am PDT
celebrating his wedding anniversary, as you know fell on the night of the debate. so mitt romney was unencumbered on the campaign trail. there was no response that the president could give to anything that mitt romney did. and mitt romney seemed to energize after the debate. >> every year the median income has gone down, 4,300 a family ab with average family income around 50,000 bucks, that hurts. gasoline prices are up twice what they used to be. these are tough years for the middle class and for the poor in america. and if we calculate it, by the way, our unemployment rate in a way that was consistent with the way it was calculated when he came into office, be a different number. if the number of people shall the percentage of the american population in the work force were the same today as the day he was elected, unemployment rate would be above 11%, this is inexcusable in a nation so prosperous of ours, that four years of a presidency has not been able to get america back on track. he can't, he doesn't know now, i know now and i'll get the job done. >> a bet that most of the
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Oct 8, 2012 3:00am PDT
. >> bill: yeah. >> so it just shows unless -- for families that have five nannies, they night understand the value of that little tiny break. >> bill: another way of showing how he doesn't relate to average families. did romney get -- what do the polls show? did he get any bounce out of the presidential debate? >> it is looking that way, sure. the first polled a little bit -- the other ones are starting to tickle out, showing a little bit of movement in his way. these are bounces, though which is why they call them bounces. it is already coming back down -- the polls were moving in romney's direction a few days before the debate kind of that natural, kind of movement of polls post convention and this certainly accelerated it. so the jobs numbers probably helped slow the obama fall but now we move into another week people will be talking about biden, and then a couple of more with romney and obama. >> bill: yeah, i was surprised and impressed, i guess that obama proved -- so he didn't have a good night, we all know that, but i thought he bounced back pretty quickly th
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 3:00am PDT
, of course, he spent that night debating romney. they got away to the four seasons hotel to celebrate, the anniversary, not at the debate. romney has been reaching out to voters in the crucial swing state this weekend. a lot of the talk has been centered on taxes and health care but he's also taken time to talk about his sin expirations and the people he's met on the campaign trail. >> i met someone named jane horton. she also suffered tragedy in her life. her husband christopher was killed in afghanistan as she was packing up a care package when a knock came at the door that he was tragically killed there. what did she do? she didn't fall into sadness and despair, but instead went to work to help other families that had lost loved ones and served our nation. she went to the funeral for her husband when his remains came back and this was at a time when misguided people were protested funeral services of our servicemen and she was asked, what do you think about these people protesting people at your husband's people. she said, quote, chris died for them to be able to protest. this is q
MSNBC
Oct 2, 2012 7:00am PDT
romney to a crowd of 5,000 supporters in denver last night. the mile high city is the site of a bipartisan mayor's forum today, 24 hours before the city hosts the presidential debate. joining me denver's mayor michael hancock. good morning. >> good morning, chris. >> this is the only debate specifically geared to domestic issues. what based on your conversations with other mayors do these people want to hear from the candidates and they need to address tomorrow night? >> i think it's very important. i believe as we heard in the past, you're going to see and hear two fundamental differences as far as genders are concerned with regard to the american people. the american people want to hear about the issues that matter most to them. those are the issues around jobs, the economy, safety in america. their children and education. the things that really meet the american people where they are. that's why we are also here today and the next 30, 45 minutes where u.s. mayors will get together and talk about those very important issues, as well. >> unemployment in your state is above
FOX
Sep 30, 2012 10:00pm PDT
agreement that he's going to do well on wednesday night's debate in denver. romney is concentrating on mock debates and drills. he flies to colorado tomorrow. republicans and democrats agree that romney is ready to go up against president obama. >> he's been through at least 20 debates in the course of the poi mare and newt gingrich himself -- at least 20 debates in the course of the -- >> he goes to the suburb of henderson to prep for the debate. and he will arrive in denver on wednesday. >>> the candidates agreed to four debates in all and they're coming up quickly. you can see there's a debate almost every week. the first is on the third, there's another on the 15th and 22. let's take a look at the first debate that is going on in denver. that will be at the university of denver in colorado. domestic policy is the topic of this event. and let's look at the only vice presidential debate. there's a meeting in hofstra university in new york. that will be from undecided voters asking the candidates on different topics. the second will be in boca raton, florida. that will focus on libya. you
ABC
Oct 3, 2012 6:00am EDT
romney meeting for their first debate before the november election. >> baxter night. it will focus on foreign-policy and several issues. -- that is tonight. brianne carter has a preview. >> both candidates have been preparing for weeks. now they will go face-to-face in their first presidential debate. after months of back-and-forth battles, tonight president and republican hopeful mitt romney will share the same stage in denver for the first presidential debate. >> governor romney and president obama will meet on the stage behind me. >> the latest abc news poll says the race for president is still very close. what happens tonight could have an impact on the two campaigns that are winding down with a little more than a month left. according to the wall street journal, the two will square off tonight in 615-minute segments with a focus on the economy health care, and the role of government. both candidates have been preparing for weeks. they took a break on tuesday and their wives weighed in on how they think it will go. >> we are focused and i cannot wait for the contrast that we ar
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 5:00pm PDT
romney, paul ryan avoiding specifics. we will see what happened to mr. romney when asked specifics wednesday night. president obama may get tough questions about how the white house has handled the aftermath of the libya killings. listen to senior campaign advisor david axelrod on "state of the union" with candy crowley. >> the president called it an act of terror the day after it happened but when you're the responsible party, when you're the administration, you have a responsibility to act on what you know and what the intelligence community believes. this is being thoroughly investigated. >> he's saying president obama as early as the morning after the attacks in benghazi identified the killings as an act of terror. in that rose garden speech that he's referring to, however, the president only mentions the word terror once, and it wasn't until the end of that speech. also, it comes after the president speaks in broad terms, mentioning 9/11 and the wars in iraq and afghanistan. you can decide for yourself if his one use of that word terror is directly defining what happened in be
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Oct 1, 2012 3:00am PDT
for president obama? >> steve: what should mr. romney do come wednesday night out in denver . we'll share the comments later on in the telecast. >> gretchen: next a warning for parents. u.s. about to face a massive diaper shortage. i am glad i am out of the diaper stage. >> eric: how john 23rd shaped the catholic church and world as we know it. ♪ ve lately. but because of business people like you, things are beginning to get rolling. and regions is here to help. making it easier with the expertise and service to keep those wheels turning. from business loans to cash management, we want to be your partner moving forward. so switch to regions. and let's get going. together. >> eric: quicked had lines. are we headed for a world wide diaper shortage. there was a chemical explosion in japan and production has come to a halt. that creates 1-fifth of the world's diapers. strong winds from a typhoon in japan picked up a car and sent it flying . the winds clocked at 80 miles per hour. steve? >> steve: i come out and how did the car get there? october the commencement of the 2nd vatican counsel.
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
mitt romney and barack obama perform tomorrow night. >> just in time, on, i guess, the eve of the debate, there's a new poll out. tell us about it. >> it is, carol. look at this new cnn poll of polls, calculated an hour ago. calculating together six different polls, showing the race say dead heat right now. barack obama has a very short lead right now over mitt romney nationally. this is what the national numbers look like, 49 to 46 right now, barack obama. we should note that this race is really going to be won and lost in states where i stand right now. colorado. other states such as nevada, virginia, ohio. these are very important states that the candidates will be focusing all of their time on as we head into the spring, into november. carol? >> mark preston, reporting live from denver. >>> cnn has learned months before the 9/11 attack in libya that killed the u.s. ambassador and three other americans, there were security concerns surrounding the diplomatic mission in benghazi. the white house first called the attack spontaneous, the one in benghazi that killed the amba
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Oct 2, 2012 9:00am EDT
romney face off tomorrow night. you know, carol, when we talk about moments in a campaign and how important they are, it's hard to argue that tomorrow night is not going to be the most important moment in this campaign. mitt romney, barack obama facing off, tens of millions of people watching them. you know, there's over 3,000 journalists that are going to be here just covering it, 700 of them are from foreign countries. so there's so much on the line, carol. >> well, back to the debate for a moment, we saw the president joking there the polling station in henderson, nevada. some political analysts say the president isn't taking this seriously enough. he kind of knows mitt romney's not a good debater and maybe he's overconfident. >> well, he's got to be careful about that. tomorrow night, we're going to be looking for moments. one of the strengths for president obama this past year when we're looking at polling is that the american public generally likes president obama even as they have said that his job approval has been below 50%. so we're looking for moments, we're looking to
CBS
Oct 4, 2012 6:30pm EDT
romney because the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. >> reporter: supporters like darrion wilson wondered where that president obama was last night. >> i was wanting him to have more enthusiasm in his enters and hit back a little more. i felt like romney was lying right and left and i'm, "come on, call him on that." >> reporter: campaign officials concede in an attempt to appear above the frey mr. obama missed easy opening. he spoke slowly, sometimes haltingly in a roundabout way. >> i want to get to it, but all i want to do is very quickly. >> let's get back to medicare. >> reporter: it's not that the president department go on offense. >> is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret because they're too good? >> reporter: but debate observers noted a difference in body language. mr. obama looked down when his opponent spoke and sometimes appeared angry or peevish. romney kept his eyes glued on the president, waiting to jump in. today, mr. obama delivered so
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 5:00am PDT
from wednesday night, the moment that governor romney and president obama came on stage, tell me what you see. >> well, i see the president going into what i call the politician's handshake, high on the arm, i'm in control, i'm the alpha here, setting the tone for how he thinks the debate is going toe going. >> that's the hand on the arm. >> higher on the arm, the more power and control that person is showing, and it's very typical of politicians to do that. high on the arm handshake to show that control. >> and that's power. >> okay. >> and there's a lot -- >> do you notice they continue to hit each other, what is that? >> that's a guy thing? >> that's a debate thing. >> the hitting says, hey, i like you, but there's other people watching. >> so when you go back to the podium though, when they actually started the debate, the president has taken a lot of heat, a lot of criticism for looking down. >> yes. >> shaking his head, nodding a lot. >> yes. and the downward motion, he wanted to stay contained. he was really, really upset with how much romney was overspeaking, overlapping, inte
FOX News
Oct 1, 2012 8:00am PDT
has to shake things up, wednesday night, doesn't he. >> he is going to. every time mitt romney has been confronted in this campaign with one of these moments he has come through in a debate and performed extraordinarily well, laying out his vision very clearly and also contrasting himself and his vision with whoever his opponent was at that time. i have absolute confidence, george, all you will be shaking your head it is a brand new race. jenna: new jersey governor chris christie, making a bold prediction, how about that? the bold prediction related to the first presidential debate saying governor mitt romney's performance against the president could very well change the entire race. but how important are presidential debates and how much do they really shape the outcome in november? we heard a lot. joining me someone who has done research on polling impact of past debates. larry sabato, director of center for politics at the university of virginia. larry, historically speaking how big of a deal are the first debates really? >> well it can be a dig deal, jenna. of course governor c
NBC
Oct 7, 2012 6:00am PDT
to go to the finish line. momentum off his debate's success, mitt romney kept the heat on the president last night in florida. >> he said, you know, you can't fix washington from the inside. you can only fix it from the outside. we'll give him that chance on november. >> reporter: the romney campaign says it's taken in $12 million in campaign cash. while the obama campaign reported a record monthly haul, $181 million in september, tops for either campaign this year. in his weekly address the president touted another september number, the unexpected drop in the jobless rate. >> friday we learned the unemployment rate is at its lowest level since i took office. more americans are entering the workforce. more americans are getting jobs. >> reporter: and in case you like your politics a bit more tongue-in-cheek -- >> that is how you are preparing, prepping for the rumble with chicken? >> that's right. >> reporter: two tv warriors squared off in their own rhetorical throwdown. john stewart left leading host of "the daily show" and took on bill o'reilly, the conservative host of fox, and what
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 4:30am EDT
president obama and the gop presidential candidate mitt romney. they put their spin on last night's debate and abc2 news tory dunnan is in denver this morning with the memorable five minutes that happened. >> reporter: the first question in the debate went out to president obama. it was on jobs and specifically the difference between these two candidates and how they can create jobs. but throughout the entire debate both candidates were focusing in on the middle class. [ applause ] nice debate focused on domestic policy issues. a line was drawn with president obama and mitt romney on the economy. >> are we going to double down on the topdown economic policies that helped to get us into this mess or do we embrace a new economic patriotism that says america does best when the middle class does best? >> under the president's policies middle income americans haveburied. they have been crushed. middle income americans have seen their income come down by $4,300. this is a tax in and of itself. >> reporter: on health care -- >> i don't know how the president could have come into office, facing 23
FOX News
Oct 2, 2012 5:00pm PDT
romney should have some heavy verbal ammunition to use in the debate tomorrow night. for his part, the president will remain steadfast that everything is going according to plan. >> four years ago i said i'd end the war in iraq, i did. i said we're going to wind down the war in afghanistan. we are. and while a twin tower -- while a new tower rises above the new york skyline, al-qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. >> bill: but according to the american commander in afghanistan, al-qaeda fighters are again causing trouble in that country and the terror group might even be responsible for murdering ambassador stevens. talking points believes many voters are still persuadable. that support for the president is thin among some independents. recent rasmussen poll says 42% of those backing the president are locked in stone. that gives the governor some room tomorrow night. but he needs to be surgical in making his points. that's a memo. now for the top story, is u.s. foreign policy in trouble? joining us from boston, fox news military analyst, colonel david hunt a
FOX News
Oct 2, 2012 8:00pm EDT
. >> bill: not likely. as we discuss on the factor last night, libertyian situation and foreign policy in general has not arrested the attention of casual voters who remain locked into the economy and in many cases, ideology. mitt romney would be smart to seize on the libyan controversy as part of an overall competence challenge to mr. obama. if the economy remains bad and it does just check outearnings from ford and gm today, and america's overseas strategy is wobbling, which is seems to be, governor romney should have some heavy verbal ammunition to use in the debate tomorrow night. for his part, the president will remain steadfast that everything is going according to plan. >> four years ago i said i'd end the war in iraq, i did. i said we're going to wind down the war in afghanistan. we are. and while a twin tower -- while a new tower rises above the new york skyline, al-qaeda is on the path to defeat and osama bin laden is dead. >> bill: but according to the american commander in afghanistan, al-qaeda fighters are again causing trouble in that country and the terror group might ev
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Oct 2, 2012 11:00pm EDT
romney in colorado. both prepping for the big debate tomorrow night. remember when newt gingrich clocked the governor in the south carolina debate last spring, romney came back strong in florida. the man who helped prepare the governor for those debates, brett o'donnell joins us now. you really know this turf because you worked for john mccain when he ran against barak obama in 2008 and now in the primary season, you worked for mitt romney. let's assess the governor's strengths and weaknesses as a debater first. strengths? >> well, i think the governor is a very good messenger. he's a good orator, he can deliver a speech. he's very good when he's on message and on offense. as you saw in the debates in florida against newt gingrich when he got on offense, the governor was very effective. when he leans into a debate, he can be pretty effective. >> bill: all right. weakness? >> weaknesses, when he gets -- like most every politician, when he gets defensive, that's when he makes mistakes. the $10,000 bet came when governor romney was being defensive about his health care policy and there have
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